After a slow start to the season, the Dayton Cubs have found their groove, reeling off three straight victories to close out the week. Full standings and stats after the jump.
Things not looking too much better after this past week, but there are some nice looking numbers. Clevenger, Castro, and LaHair have all gotten off to pretty good starts. Full standings, and stats after the jump.
The Cubs continue their pursuit of their first series win of 2012 as they welcome the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals to town. The Cubs didn’t fare to well in St. Louis earlier this year losing 2 out of 3 to the Cards after a rather promising start to that series. Look for the Cubs to try to find some stability with their lineup now that Byrd has been shipped out-of-town. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Steve Clevenger steal some starts away from Geovany Soto, he has earned it, and Sveum might as well ride the hot hand. Full preview after the jump, Go Cubs!
Cubs go for their first series win of 2012 behind Randy Wells. Here is how the Cubs will line up.
1. DeJesus – RF
2. Campana – CF
3. Castro – SS
4. LaHair – 1B
5. Soriano – LF
6. Stewart – 3B
7. Soto – C
8. DeWitt – 2B
9. Wells – P
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Frankie De La Cruz didn’t have it against the Isotopes, giving up three runs in the first inning that the I-Cubs couldn’t come all the way back from. The I-Cubs did make a game of it as they scored runs in both the 8th and 9th inning, but couldn’t get that tying marker. Alfredo Amezaga had a solid day at the plate going 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. Full box score after the jump.
Brooks Raley was awesome Friday night going six innings, giving up two runs on three hits to earn a no decision. Kevin Rhoderick came in and was equally effective, holding the Lookouts scoreless over the next inning and 1/3rd to come out with the victory. Jae-Hoon Ha, Logan Watkins, and Juan Apodaca all had two hits for the Smokies, as they were able to complete the comeback by scoring in the 7th inning to take the lead 3-2. Full box score after the jump.
Austin Kirk had another outstanding outing, this time he got some help from his offense. Daytona put up eight runs in the first three innings to decide this one early. Ronald Torreyes had a huge day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two doubles and a triple. Richard Jones also had three hits, but Greg Rohan did the most damage going 1-for-2 with a home run and five RBI’s.
It’s official, Marlon Byrd has been traded to the Boston Red Sox. In return the Chicago Cubs will receive 25 year old right-handed pitcher Michael Bowden and the ever famous, player to be named later. The Cubs will pay most of Byrd’s remaining salary, which is $6.5MM. Bowden, who played High School baseball at Waubonsie Valley in Aurora was drafted 47th overall in 2005. We don’t yet know what this means for the Cubs going forward. Is it Brett Jackson time right now, or will we have to wait for him to patrol CF in Wrigley a little bit longer. As more becomes known we will let you know.
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I’m sure that’s a huge relief for Paul Maholm, probably for the Cubs too. After two rough, well, bad outings the newly acquired Paul Maholm showed his employer and fans that he isn’t a complete disaster by going a strong six innings to tally his first win of the year and put a halt to the Cubs six game losing streak. The Cubs got to Reds starter Mike Leake early as they put up five runs in the first two innings, and that was all that Maholm and the Cubs needed for the victory. Full Recap and box score after the jump.